J Dilla’s Equipment to Join Smithsonian

Celebrated Detroit producer, J Dilla’s memory and effect on the essence of hip-hop continues to touch the world.

His sound captured your ears on records produced for Slum Village, Common, De La Soul and The Pharcyde, just to really name a few.  As stated in a previous JET article,  he is absolutely your favorite producer’s, favorite producer.

And his greatness has just been added to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The producer, real name James Dewitt Yancey, is one of the most influential artists in hip-hop and his mother, Maureen Yancey, has donated his beat equipment to the  Smithsonian’s exhibition,”Musical Crossroads” which will explore the roles in which popular music helped shape the nation’s historical, cultural and political fabric.

Equipment to be included in the exhibit are Dilla’s custom-made Minimoog Voyager synthesizer and Akai MIDI Production Center 3000 Limited Edition.

Mama Yancey stated in a press release, ” I feel it’s necessary to raise the level of art appreciation in the hip-hop sector and honor my son James Dewitt Yancey, one of the most influential individuals in the history of hip-hop.”

Dilla forever!

The Smithsonian is expected to open in 2016.

Watch footage of the official announcement below.